Wayra Picks 17 Start-Ups for its Accelerator

Wayra has selected the second wave of start-ups to join its accelerator programme, set up by Telefonica Digital in April 2012.

17 companies were picked from 3,444 entries, and a shortlist of 30 which presented their pitches to a panel of judges, including representatives from Telefonica UK, Hailo, and UK Trade & Investment, during a three day session at O2s headquarters. 

The winners include Peekster, an app designed to act as a bridge between printed media and the internet; iHELP, an emergency app; Dattch, a dating app for lesbian and bisexual women; and Ensygnia, whose OneScan app enables users to make payments or log in to service by scanning images.

Each winning start-up will receive up to €40,000 in funding, as well as mentoring and rent-free office space at the Wayra academy work space in London.

New academy director

Wayra also appointed Charmaine Eggberry as academy director, taking over from guest director Ashley Stockwell.

Eggberry was global senior vice-president of marketing at Nokia, and worked her way up through RIM to become vice president and managing director, EMEA.

“We’ve invested in 17 start-ups and we’re proud that more than a third of our winning founders are women,” said Eggberry. “I’m truly excited to take up this new opportunity as Director of Wayra UK to continue to build on the phenomenal success of the programme to date. Wayra is an incredibly special and unique accelerator with a clear focus on supporting world class talent as well as their world class ideas. That’s an exciting journey to be a part of.”


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